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SAI Event Type : Seminars

Fri, March 9, 2018 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Pre-Texts with Doris Sommer

Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center

The Humanities have important work to do in developing societies because they foster creative and critical thinking. For its own intrinsic value, the aesthetic judgment that the Humanities hone affords pleasure of freedom and sociability. And related to those pleasures is the general faculty of judgment that free societies depend on. With the activities of Pre-Texts we gather lessons of philosophy, pedagogy, and art — including vernacular arts — to offer high order learning in low-resourced communities. In collaboration with partners in the Indian education and public health sectors, Cultural Agents hopes to contribute to development in India with Pre-Texts by engaging local strengths to promote: Literacy, Innovation, and Citizenship.

Lunch will be provided during the seminar and will be followed by a demonstration of Pre-Texts with audience participation.

Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center


Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 02:00pm

CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, March 8, 2018 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  N. Delhi

1947 Partition of British India

To launch the official opening, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute (SAI), Harvard University, India Office will be hosting a series of events in March and April. A reception will follow each event. For the first event, feminist historian Uma Chakravarti and feminist publisher Urvashi Butalia will give a seminar on Partition.

Uma Chakravarti is a feminist historian who taught at Miranda House, University College for Women, Delhi from 1966 to 1998. She is the Delhi project director for the SAI Partition Project, “The Demographic and Humanitarian Consequences of the Partition.” Chakravarti writes on Buddhism, early Indian history, caste and feminism, and contemporary issues.

Urvashi Butalia is the author of “The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India,” which centers oral histories from subaltern communities and women who experienced the Partition. Butalia co-founded Kali for Women, India’s first exclusively feminist publishing house. Following the closure of Kali for Women, she founded Zubaan Books.


Reception to follow after each event.

RSVP Dr. Sanjay Kumar, SAI India Country Director;


Full List of Events in March and April

Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 06:00pm

Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 07:30pm

N. Delhi

Fri, March 2, 2018 from 02:00pm - 04:00pm  /  Brown University McKinney Conference Room Watson Institute 111 Thayer St

The Question of Tribes in North East India

SAI Fellow Raile Rocky Ziipao will discuss social dynamics and infrastructure development in India’s frontier and border region. His research on the frontier highways uses the philosophy of Indigenous methodology (perspective from within).

Link to the event page at Brown. 

Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 02:00pm

Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 04:00pm

Fri, February 23, 2018 at 02:00pm  /  Watson Institute at Brown University

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics Series: Is Nationalism a Democratic Resource? Evidence from India and Malaysia

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics Series: Is Nationalism a Democratic Resource? Evidence from India and Malaysia

Primary Speaker: Dr. Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, University of Oxford

Dr. Maya Tudor’s research investigates the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world, with a particular emphasis upon South Asia.  She was educated at Stanford University (BA in Economics) and Princeton University (MPA in Development Studies and Ph.D. in Politics and Public Policy).  She has held Fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy.

Her book, ‘The Promise of Power’ (Cambridge University Press, 2013), was based on her 2010 dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Gabriel Almond Prize for the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics.  The book investigates the origins of India and Pakistan’s puzzling regime divergence in the aftermath of colonial independence.  She is also the author of articles in Comparative PoliticsJournal of Democracy, and Party Politics

Before embarking on an academic career, Dr. Tudor worked as a Special Assistant to Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, at UNICEF, in the United States Senate, and at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, she has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Germany, France, India, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 02:00pm

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Watson Institute at Brown University

Watson Institute at Brown University, 111 Thayer Street Providence, RI

Wed, February 7, 2018 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Cities of Delhi: Differentiated Citizenship in the Capital City

Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School Of Design


Drawing on fieldwork in a range of communities in Delhi, Patrick Heller documents inequity, and exclusion within basic service distribution across the city.  These exclusionary practices have both a formal character built into policies that differentiate citizenship rights across settlement types and an informal character driven by political arrangements.  

Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 04:00pm

Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Wed, January 31, 2018 from 06:00pm - 08:00pm

Non-Caste Societies, Epistemology, and Challenges in India: A Tribal Indian’s Perspective

For the Boston Study Group’s first Ambedkar lecture of the year, Dr. Raile Rocky Ziipao (Raghunathan Family Fellow, The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University; Member, Tribal Intellectual Collective India) will speak on the topic of “Non-Caste Societies, Epistemology, and Challenges in India: A Tribal Indian’s Perspective.”

Boston Study Group (BSG) is an organization dedicated to working towards a just and equitable society.  They organize study groups, monthly meetings, lecture series and other social activities in the Boston area to create educational and organizing infrastructure to carry forward their mission.



Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 06:00pm

Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 08:00pm

Mon, January 15, 2018 at 06:00pm  /  India International Center: Annexe Building: Lecture Room- I

Childhood Stunting In India: Lessons Learned And Future Directions

Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Director of a University-wide Initiative on Applied Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences

Chief, Child Development & Nutrition, UNICEF India

For the inaugural SAI India Seminar Series event, Professor Subramanian will discuss the current policy perspectives to addressing the burden of stunting in India. He will make recommendations for targeted policy deliberation and action.

Annexe Building: Lecture Room- I
India International Center
40, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi, 110 003


RSVP- Sanjay Kumar at

Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 06:00pm

Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Mon, December 4, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard

Contested Realities: India’s Environmental Movement and the Politics of Change

Contested Realities: India’s Environmental Movement and the Politics of Change

Sunita Narain

Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

December 4, 2017, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Emerson Hall, Room 105, 25 Quincy Street


The Indian environmental stories that are making international headlines are the ghastly air pollution and the nation’s inability to control filth, garbage and sewage that are overwhelming its cities, rivers and fields. The other narrative linking India to the rest of the world is that India is the major villain in climate change. I ask, can India can beat the pollution game by following the trajectory of the western world? Won’t capital and resource-intensive methods of environmental management simply add to the burden of inequality, and so to unsustainability? Also, is India the villain or the victim in international climate politics? Are there lessons in India for the global community in its fight against climate change? I will discuss how democracy and dissent must work together so that the environmentalism of the poor dictates the politics of change. Not just change in India, but change in the world.


Sunil Amrith

Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Jody Freeman

Archibald Cox Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, Harvard Law School

David S. Jones

A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Harvard University


Sunita Narain is a writer and environmentalist. In 2016 she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. In 2005 she was awarded the Padma Shri (a top civilian state prize) by the Indian government. She also chaired the Tiger Task Force at the direction of the Prime Minister, to evolve an action plan for conservation in the country after the loss of tigers in Sariska. She has received the World Water Prize for work on rainwater harvesting and for its influence in building paradigms for community-based water management. She was a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change and the National Ganga River Basin Authority. She has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in New Delhi since 1982. She is currently director general of the Centre, treasurer of the Society for Environmental Communications, and editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.

Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 05:00pm

Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 07:00pm

Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard

Room 305, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Mon, November 13, 2017 at 12:00pm to
Sun, November 12, 2017 at 01:30pm  /  Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave.

Land Acquisition in India and China

Huang Yinghong, Associate Professor (School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen University) will discuss the active role of the state and its compulsory measures towards land acquisition in India and China.

Co-sponsored with the Harvard Yenching Institute , Asia Center and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute

Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:00pm

Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 01:30pm

Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave.

Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA